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Scott Horton

Distinguished Visiting Professor, Hofstra Law School

Scott Horton is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Hofstra Law School and an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School. He teaches international commercial law and the law of armed conflict. He is also a contributing editor at Harper's Magazine and writes on law and legal policy issues for several other publications. A life-long human rights advocate, Scott served as counsel to Andrei Sakharov and Elena Bonner, among other activists in the former Soviet Union. He is a co-founder of the American University in Central Asia, where he currently serves as a trustee, and has been involved in some of the most significant foreign investment projects in the Central Eurasian region. Scott recently led a number of studies of issues associated with the conduct of the war on terror, including major studies of the introduction of highly coercive interrogation techniques and the program of extraordinary renditions for the New York City Bar Association, where he has chaired several committees, including, most recently, the Committee on International Law. He is also an associate of the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, a member of the board of the National Institute of Military Justice, Center on Law and Security of NYU Law School, the EurasiaGroup and the American Branch of the International Law Association and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He co-authored a recent study on legal accountability for private military contractors, Private Security Contractors at War. He appeared as a congressional witness five times in the last two years, offering testimony on issues under the law of armed conflict, military contractor liability and the extraordinary renditions program.


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OLC Memos
Online Debate
April 24, 2009